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Gather Up The Kids For Some FUN Recycling Lessons (link fixed)

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May 282020
 

This has been a very frustrating few months for families, and children especially, having to do their homework outside of a classroom setting. Not being able to hang out with their friends at the movies, or Urban Air, etc.

One thing that kids may not want to hear right now is, “Come here and learn about recycling.”

Well, guess what, there’s a site that was brought to my attention that offers children an interactive experience with a maze, word search, and drawing activities with which they can show their recycling expertise, and maybe even learn a few new things.

The site is called NICO’S QUEST TO RECYCLE: A KID’S GUIDE TO RECYCLING.

So click HERE and call the kids in to have a little bit of educational interactive computer fun. Who knows, maybe mom and dad will learn something new too.

 

Beardsley Zoo Opens On Monday – Here’s What You Have To Do

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May 282020
 

With the Coronavirus, our lives have changed in many ways. We can’t just go to the supermarket and zoom down an aisle for something then backtrack if we forgot an item (one-way traffic).

Well, going to the zoo is no different. You can’t just show up on a whim due to stricter protocols.

The Beardsley Zoo is opening up again for the first time since March 17 on Monday, June 1, and things have changed. Not only do they have several new animals, including a female companion for Peanut the wolf.

Watch this VIDEO so you will know what to expect before going and once you get there.

The Show Must Go On: Sondheim Awards Are On Monday

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May 272020
 

Broadway Method Academy (Connor Deane & Scott Handley) is hosting the 3rd annual Sondheim Awards on Monday, June 1.

This year, It will be a virtual celebration of the talents of high school thespians … since so many of the shows were canceled due to COVID-19, there will be no “best of” awards given out but it will be a night of celebration none-the-less.

The Jamie Hulley Arts Foundation is one of the sponsors of the event and the Jamie Hulley Musical Theater Scholarships also will be announced that night.

Students are nominated by their high school directors for their talent and their dedication to the overall quality of the production by supporting the director and her/his fellow cast & crew members at all times. The nominations are open to all student performers from ensemble to lead roles.

Just go to the Broadway Method Academy Facebook page at 7 p.m. on Monday, June 1

Please Donate To the Drive Thru Food Drive On May 30

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May 262020
 

Together with Orange Community Services, members of the Orange Police Department will be outside of High Plains Community Center, 525 Orange Center Road, on Saturday, May 30, collecting food for Orange Food 2 Kids from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Food 2 Kids is a nonprofit that was created to deliver bags of food to children in need on the weekends. However, with the coronavirus the need has become full-time.
The OPD is asking for individually packaged foods and snacks. Meals that can be prepared with no or water only. Any other donations that are received will be donated to the Orange Food Bank.
Safety precautions will be in place.
Mark your calendars and please participate any way you can in this important event.

Orange Police: Woman Arrested Three Times in Nine Hours

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May 262020
 

#1 On Thursday, April 30, at 5:32 p.m. officers responded to 235 Boston Post Road (trailer park?) in regards to an unwanted person on the property.

Investigation revealed that Gina M. Dean, 44, West Haven violated a protective order with another party by appearing at their residence.

Dean was taken into custody and charged with violation of a protective order.

She was released on a promise to appear in court in Bridgeport on May 1.

#2  On Friday, May 1, police returned to 235 Boston Post Road at 12:19 a.m. in regards to an unwanted person on the property.

Investigation revealed that Gina M. Dean, 44, West Haven, once again violated a protective order with another person by going to the residence and entering the residence without permission.

Less than seven hours earlier she was advised not to return to the residence and apprised of the Protective Order in place but decided to return anyway.

Subsequently, she was taken into custody and charged with violation of a protective order and third-degree burglary.

She was held on a $3,000 bond and received a second court date of May 1 in Bridgeport.
#3 On Friday, May 1, at 2:18 p.m., officers again were dispatched to 235 Boston Post Road in regards to a violation of a protective order.
Officers’ learned that the offender, Gina M. Dean, 44, of West Haven, was previously arrested twice for violation of a protective order and came back a third time and gained access into the residence by the use of a burglary tool.
Subsequently, she was taken into custody and charged with two counts of first-degree violation of conditions, two counts of violation of a protective order, third-degree burglary, and possession of burglary tools.

This time, she was held on a $50,000 bond and received a court date of May 4.

Orange Police: Woman Charged With Issuing A Bad Check

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May 262020
 

On Tuesday, May 19, Orange Police were dispatched to the New Haven Police Department at 2:45 p.m. to pick up Sheila J. White, 54, of New Haven.

White was in their custody for an unrelated matter when it was discovered that she held an active arrest warrant out of Orange for an incident that occurred on Jan. 6.

She was taken into custody, brought back to the Orange Police Department and charged with third-degree forgery, sixth-degree larceny and issuing a bad check.

White received a promise to appear in court on June 24.

Orange Police Blotter: Man Had Stolen Merchandise and Burglary Tools

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May 262020
 

On Tuesday, May 19, at 3:47 a.m., Orange Police Officers came into contact with William J. Moore, 36, of West Haven, on the Boston Post Road near the Porch and Patio store.

While speaking with Moore, officers discovered that he had $2,179 worth of stolen merchandise inside his vehicle.

Subsequently, he was taken into custody and charged with third-degree larceny, third-degree criminal mischief, and possession of burglary tools.

Moore posted a $5,000 bond and is to be in court on June 24.

Letter: Legislators Should Ban Fur Sales and Manufacturing

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May 262020
 

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To the editor,

I recently contacted some Connecticut politicians to ask them their position on a ban on fur sales and manufacturing. I was pleased to discover a number of officials supported the idea who I wasn’t previously aware of. These included state representatives Kim Rose of Milford, John Hampton of Simsbury, and Jillian Gilchrest of West Hartford. They join a growing list of Connecticut politicians opposed to the fur industry.

Readers should contact their state legislators and urge them to support a ban. For more information about the campaign to achieve this, follow Fur Free CT on Facebook or Twitter. To stay up-to-date on other forms of electoral action for animals, visit CTVotesForAnimals.org.
Jon Hochschartner

 

Camp Argo 2020 Summer Sessions Canceled

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May 252020
 

To All of Our Camp Argo Families, 
 
It is with a heavy heart, that we have made the very difficult decision to postpone our time together until next year, Summer 2021.   
 
We have made this difficult short-term decision to ensure the long-term mission of Camp Argo.  Nothing like this has ever happened to us before and up until just a few days ago, we had every intention to conduct Camp Argo this summer as normal.  Unfortunately, these are not normal times and we cannot ignore the overwhelming concerns due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Ultimately, we considered the health & safety of our campers, staff, and our community when making this decision.
We pray that there will be a solution to getting the country back on its feet sooner rather than later.  We are very hopeful that Summer 2021 we all will come back stronger & healthier than ever!
If you have any questions please feel free to call anytime 203-799-2746 or email jason@campargo.org.  Wishing you all a healthy and happy summer!
 
Sincerely, 
 
Jason Nevis
Camp Argo Director

Obituary: Carol Johnson, 81, Beloved Mother, Wife Of The Late “Coach” Bill Johnson

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May 252020
 

Carol Casagrande Johnson, age 81, of Bethany, the beloved wife of 57 years to the late William Johnson, entered into eternal rest peacefully on Friday, May 22, 2020.

She was born in Derby on November 29, 1938, beloved daughter of the late Dr. John and Isabelle Goehl Casagrande. Carol was a 53 year resident of Bethany and a graduate of St. Mary’s High School in New Haven and Colby-Sawyer College of New Hampshire.

She worked in the Corporate Technology Department of Laticrete International of Bethany for many years. Carol’s life was devoted to her family and many friends. She often traveled to see her children in their sporting events, always arriving early and leaving late. Carol will be sadly missed but will remain forever in our hearts.

Her family includes her loving daughter Karen Marrone and her husband Al, her four caring sons Bill Johnson and his wife Eileen, Scott Johnson and his wife Elena, John Johnson and Craig Johnson, twelve cherished grandchildren Al Marrone and his wife Leah McIntosh, Jamie Marrone her husband Chris Gogan-Tilstone, Billy Marrone, Michael Marrone, Ashley Bernath and her husband Ryan, Bill Johnson, Brittany Johnson, Andy Johnson and his wife Serenity, Michael Johnson, Owen Johnson, Alexa Johnson and Ryan Johnson, beloved great-grandchild Lyla Ann Gogan-Tilstone, her dear brother Jim Casagrande and many loving nieces and nephews. Carol was predeceased by her brothers Tom Casagrande and Jack Casagrande.

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, a private interment will be held at the family plot at St. Augustine Cemetery in Seymour with Father Christopher Ford of Our Lady of the Assumption Church officiating.

A Memorial Mass will be Celebrated for Carol at Our Lady of the Assumption Church in Woodbridge at a future date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts in Carol’s memory may be made to the William H. Johnson Scholarship Fund for Amity High School or the Connecticut Special Olympics, both through the funeral home.

The Miller-Ward Funeral Home of Seymour is compassionately caring for the family.
To light a virtual candle or to leave an online condolence.